Research & News

Knock it Off: Book Presentation and Signing

Posted: Jun. 13, 2017

Jean ParsonsKnock it Off! A History of Design Piracy in the US Women's Ready-to-Wear Apparel Industry authored by MHCTC Curator Jean L. Parsons and Sara B. Marcketti of Iowa State University is a history of the United States apparel industry as it developed its own unique design voice, and the story of how design piracy formed the often controversial basis for industry growth. Browse the exhibition and vignettes before the presentation begins at 4:45pm. Books will be available for purchase.

Jun. 22, 2017
4:30pm - 6pm
117 Gwynn Hall
Presentation begins at 4:45pm

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire Receives Kemper Award

Posted: Mar. 21, 2017

HES Dean Sandy Rikoon joined Chancellor Hank Foley and Commerce Bank President Teresa Maledy in surprising Jung Ha-Brookshire, Associate Professor of Textile and Apparel Management, with a 2017 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. This award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is among the most coveted teaching awards bestowed at Mizzou. There will be an event later this semester to celebrate the five Kemper winners and there should be wonderful video of Dr. Ha-Brookshire’s total shock at the interruption to her class. Congratulations to Dr. Ha-Brookshire on the receipt of this terrific and well-deserve honor. She brings great credit to TAM, HES, and Mizzou!

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire receiving award

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire receiving award

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire receiving award

TAM Advisory Board Meeting

Posted: Mar. 20, 2017

The MU Department of Textile and Apparel Management hosted the 2017 TAM Advisory Board Meetings on Mar. 12-13. Members from all areas of the fashion industry attended the meeting. There were several sessions that allowed for student and board member interaction. The Symposium this year was entitled "Near-Win: When failure drives success." Students were able to share their work with board members during the TAM Student Showcase, learn about preparing for careers in the Round Robin Sessions, and find out the latest news in the Industry Updates.

board member viewing student work

students showing poster

students speaking with board member

TAM Online Summer School Classes

Posted: Feb. 22, 2017

TAM is offering four classes online this summer:

  • TAM 2200: Science of Textiles
  • TAM 2520W: History of Western Dress
  • TAM 4110: Global Sourcing
  • TAM 4949: Internships/Field Training

For more information on field training (internships), view requirements.

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Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing and Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire in the News

Posted: Feb. 8, 2017

Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing

A new study has taken a step toward measuring the importance of business ethics to young employees (in a very different sector: the apparel and textile industry) and how it could affect retention and on-the-job satisfaction. Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and doctoral student, Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing are featured on the following research news outlets.

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Winners

Posted: Jan. 19, 2017

This year, three amazing Mizzou TAM students received the highly competitive YMA Fashion Scholarships – Courtney Norris (‘17 BS TAM), Allison Dameron (’17 BS TAM), and Molly Brenner (‘17 BS TAM). Each received a $5,000 scholarship, went to the 2017 YMA FSF Award Gala in New York City, gained opportunities to internships, and got to learn from individual mentors. The relationships continue with industry leaders.

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First row: Courtney Norris, Molly Brenner, Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire.
Back row: Peter Sachse, Chief Growth Officer at Macys, and Allison Dameron.

TAM Student Receives TA Choice Award

Posted: Dec. 9, 2016

Angela UriyoAngela Uriyo, teaching assistant for TAM 2500, Social Appearance in Time and Space, was chosen as an MU TA Choice Award recipient! Ten MU teaching assistants from across campus were chosen to receive the award. The award, hosted by the Missouri Students Association, is an opportunity for students to recognize a teaching assistant who goes "above and beyond the call of duty." Congratulations, Angela! The department is proud of you!

Professor McBee-Black in the News

Posted: Dec. 5, 2016

Professor Kerri McBee-Black and Dr. Allison Kabel conducted a national study to identify how clothing impacted the lives of people with mobility impairments. Findings suggest that apparel manufacturers could play a vital role in helping people navigate social barriers by providing more accessible clothing options.

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Dr. Norum in the News

Posted: Nov. 16, 2016

Dr. Pamela Norum was recently quoted in the Columbia Daily Tribune in article entitled, "Unmentionables: Nearly all textiles can be recycled in some way, even bras."

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ITAA 2016 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia

Posted: Nov. 16, 2016

The TAM faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students were well represented at the 2016 annual of the International Textile and Apparel Association held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Faculty and graduate students participated in a range of activities including a tour to LuluLemon headquarters, presenting workshops, exhibiting original designs, presenting research through talks and poster presentations, and receiving awards. The following awards were received by our students:

Baolu Wang accepting award

Marjorie Joseph Fellowship
Outstanding Beginning Doctoral Student
Baolu Wang
University of Missouri


Cotton Incorporated Innovations in Cotton Design
Undergraduate - First Place
Maggie Prather
Mentor: Jean Parsons
University of Missouri

Oris Glisson Fellowship: Outstanding Beginning Masters Student
Rafiqul Islam Rana
University of Missouri

Sustainability/Social Responsibility Track-Best Paper
Geetika Jaiswal and Jung Ha-Brookshire
University of Missouri
Exploration on Suppliers' Perceptions towards the Multinational Enterprises' Codes of Conduct: Behind the Scenes at Indian Apparel Export Houses

Blanche Payne Scholarship in Textile or Apparel Design
Patenting Fashion: Examining the design work of Marion McCoy 1938-1944
Allison Satkowski
Advisor: Jean Parsons
University of Missouri

While at the conference, the TAM graduate students organized a TAM Alumni Event at a local restaurant, Elephant and Castle, with approximately 20 people in attendance.

TAM Graduate Student Named ITAA Liaison

Posted: Nov. 16, 2016

Rachel Lomonaco-Benzing with poster

Rachel Lomonaco-Benzing, shown here with her poster presentation at the annual ITAA conference, was selected by the organization to be the Graduate Student Representative to the ITAA board. Rachel will attend board meetings and represent the graduate student point of view. Congratulations, Rachel!

TAM Ranks High in 2016 Fashion School Rankings

Posted: Nov. 1, 2016

The 2016 rankings for top fashion merchandising schools and colleges were released by Fashion School. TAM ranks #4 in the Midwest, #9 nationally among public schools and colleges, and #11 overall nationally. The goal of providing these rankings was to give prospective students information that would help them make an informed decision about what school to attend, and what program to pursue.

Saheli Goswami in the News

Posted: Oct. 17, 2016

Saheli Goswami

TAM graduate student, Saheli Goswami, was recently featured on Mizzou News Bureau for her research with Dr. Jung-Ha Brookshire on corporate hypocrisy and its impact on employee perceptions towards retail companies. They found that corporate hypocrisy is an important factor in negative perceptions among employees toward retail companies.

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